BOLIVIA: People Dying, Hospitals Can’t Handle it (COVID-19)

(TELESUR) – Bolivia’s health ministry alerted about the risk of the health care system collapsing.

Bolivia’s de-facto government admitted Monday its incapacity to face the COVID-19 pandemic in the Andean nation.

After three months of quarantine, Health Ministry’s Head of Epidemiology Virgilio Prieto acknowledged the risk of medical facilities collapsing, from which an increase of the death toll will derive.

“People are dying, there will not be capacities in hospitals, as it has happened in other places in the world (…) You have to look at Peru, or Chile, which has a better health system than ours and looks at the situation they are in,” he stressed.

“The actual projection will be marked by the epidemic, taking into account the behavior of the population. There are people who are not conscious enough for prevention, who do not understand that this disease kills, that it is very painful,” the official added.

This comes as de-facto president Jeanine Añez Sunday announced that she will promulgate the law to hold presidential elections on Sept. 6. This postponement has been severely criticized, although Añez claims that the decision is taken as a precaution to avoid contagion.

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